Japanese video game studio Kojima Productions has cancelled its Game Developer’s Conference 2020 appearance. Earlier today, the studio released a statement on Twitter saying that the studio skipping its two scheduled sessions for the upcoming event, and the coronavirus is to blame.
“Kojima Productions has made the difficult decision to cancel our participation at the 2020 Game Developers Conference due to increasing concerns related to coronavirus,” reads the tweet. “Although much-anticipated, unfortunately this cancellation also includes Hideo Kojima’s session on the 19th and Eric Johnson’s session on the 16th.”
This year’s GDC starts next month on March 16th and runs until March 20th. Among many other big names, Kojima Productions was originally planning to host two sessions during the event. However, as the coronavirus fears worsened, companies such as Facebook Gaming, Sony, and Oculus VR announced that they will not attend the event.
The newest member to be crossed off the list of attendees is Kojima Productions. This unfortunately means that Hideo Kojima will not partake in the conference. Kojima Productions had planned to hold a session on March 16th and 19th. The first was to be hosted by Eric Johnson, and the founder of the studio himself was supposed to take the lead on the second one. The two panels would have revealed a lot of interesting behind the scenes and design information about last year’s Death Stranding.
Over the past few months, the coronavirus has caused disruptions in industries across the globe. Among many others, the gaming world was also impacted, with major companies like Nintendo announcing setbacks such as shortages of its console due to the virus. At the start of this year, WHO declared a public health emergency, confirming the seriousness of the issue. As such, it makes sense that most developers are choosing to err on the side of caution by taking precautions.